AP Highlight in History: On March 27, 1964, Alaska was rocked by a powerful earthquake that killed 114 people. The magnitude 9.2 quake was the biggest in the U.S. and the second largest worldwide since 1900.
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Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sighted Florida.
Charles I ascended the English throne upon the death of James I.
President George Washington and Congress authorized creation of the U.S. Navy.
The first Mormon temple was dedicated, in Kirtland, Ohio.
Oregon won the first NCAA men's basketball tournament with a 46-33 victory over Ohio State in Evanston, Ill.
A KLM Boeing 747, attempting to take off, crashed into a Pan Am 747 on the Canary Island of Tenerife, killing 583 people in the deadliest aviation accident in history.
An Israeli court convicted Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's confessed assassin of murder, then sentenced former law student Yigal Amir to life in prison.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug Viagra, made by Pfizer, to fight male impotence.
A suicide bomber killed 30 people during a Passover Seder in Netanya, Israel.
NFL owners voted to make instant replay a permanent officiating tool.
President Barack Obama launched a fresh effort to defeat al-Qaida terrorists in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, ordering in 4,000 more troops.